There’s something magical that happens when you spend quality time with your family. Whether you’re raising teenagers, like me, or have younger kids this list of fun family bonding activities will help you find something to do together!
My family enjoys spending quality time together going camping, four-wheeling in the woods, hiking, and during these cold winter months, we enjoy baking or playing family board games.
I used to have a scheduled Family Friday Night every week. It started when my kids were younger. Every Friday I would have a slumber party with my trio. We’d bring out the mattresses into the living room, eat pizza for dinner, play games, and watch movies until we all drifted to sleep in the living room.
This was fun, while it lasted.
Fast forward to the current days, we no longer do a Family Friday Night but we do still enjoy our Friday Pizza Night together. The kids have grown a bit, have their own friends and their own life stuff so we spend family bonding moments in between the chaos of teenage life.
If you’re like me and want some unique ways to spend quality time together, then check out this list of fun family bonding activities. I also have a fun recipe you can whip up with the kids regardless of how young or old your kiddos are.
How do you promote family bonding?
The best way to promote family bonding is to always enjoy at least one meal together every day. Be open to listening and having discussions with your family members.
It’s hard to promote family bonding during the teen years, but it’s not impossible. I find myself making time to go up into my teenagers’ bedroom and sitting there. I ask a few questions, just hang around, and eventually, they’ll start talking about something that’s fascinating in their life or bothering them.
One of the best ways I’ve worked to promote family bonding is to have dinner together with my trio regardless of where we’re at. Never have smartphones or other electronic devices allowed at the table (even when dining out). I also make a point to touch base with each of the three kids regardless of how busy my day is or how overwhelmed I may be in my adult life.
Fun Family Bonding Activities
Pack up the kids and go out on an adventure. Find a local nature trail or hiking path that’s family-friendly to enjoy as a family bonding activity together.
Play Board Games
I shared a list of some of the best family board games for family bonding on this site, have a peek and gather a collection of board games for family bonding time.
Get out of Town
Make plans to get out of town for a day trip together to experience a new place. The trio and I ventured to Boston, MA one day for a trip to the New England Aquarian for a fun-filled day of family bonding activities.
Go For a Ride
There’s something about sitting in a vehicle for a long time that brings out the best in your family. Plan a little ride around your local community or venture beyond your local area for a family road trip for some fun family bonding moments.
Host a Movie Night
Have the kids vote on a favorite movie to watch and get out the movie projector to enjoy a fun-filled evening of snacks and movies together. I love that I have three kids because when we had our Friday Family Night they could always vote for a movie without many arguments.
Kids as young as 2 can help in the kitchen! I’ve included an Easter cookies recipe below that will make about 4 dozen cookies. Print my recipe and have some fun with this family bonding activity – baking together!
It doesn’t take much to work on some family bonding activities. I used to have to plan everything out because of my middle child being on the spectrum, but now that he’s 13, he really is more adaptable.
I’ve started to learn what each of my kids enjoys as a means to help promote family bonding in the home. For example, I know that a day trip to the local pet stores is a win for all three kids regardless of what’s going on in their life.
The trio loves animals and so do I, petting the pet store bunnies and guinea pigs among other animals is always a fun way to spend quality time together.